nomad

noun no·mad \ ˈnō-ˌmad , British also ˈnä- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of nomad

1 :a member of a people who have no fixed residence but move from place to place usually seasonally and within a well-defined territory
  • For centuries nomads have shepherded goats, sheep, and cattle across the … semiarid grasslands …
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2 :an individual who roams about
  • He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long.

nomad

adjective

nomadism

play \ˈnō-ˌma-ˌdi-zəm\ noun

Examples of nomad in a Sentence

  1. He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long.

  2. after college she became quite the nomad, backpacking through Europe with no particular destination

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Origin and Etymology of nomad

Latin nomad-, nomas member of a wandering pastoral people, from Greek, from nemein

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NOMAD Defined for English Language Learners

nomad

noun

Definition of nomad for English Language Learners

  • : a member of a group of people who move from place to place instead of living in one place all the time


NOMAD Defined for Kids

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nomad

noun no·mad \ ˈnō-ˌmad \

Definition of nomad for Students

1 :a member of a people having no permanent home but moving from place to place usually in search of food or to graze livestock
2 :a person who moves often

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nomad

adjective

Definition of nomad for Students



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